Eddie Sutton Court Will Make Debut

Eddie Sutton Court will get christened Saturday afternoon when the fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys face the Baylor Bears at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:47 p.m. in the regionally televised game by ESPN.

The basketball floor at Gallagher-Iba Arena was named Eddie Sutton Court following the Cowboys' victory last Saturday over Iowa State, the 768th of his illustrious coaching career. The win allowed him to move into seventh place on the all-time college coaching victory list, passing his mentor and former college coach Henry Iba. Sutton is 768-294 in his 35-year career at the Division I coaching level. Mr. Iba coached 41 years and had a record of 767-338.

However, the Cowboys (13-2 overall, 3-1 in Big 12 play) will be looking to get back on the winning track against Baylor (9-5, 1-2) after losing to Texas 75-61 in Austin on Monday night.

Oklahoma State has won 13 of the last 14 meetings against Baylor. The only Bear victory in recent years was a 74-72 win on Feb. 15, 2003, when current Cowboy point guard John Lucas played a sensational game as a member of the Baylor team at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Lucas finished with 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and two steals while committing just one turnover while playing all 40 minutes of the game in the Baylor victory.

Lucas is now a senior point guard at OSU and teams with Joey Graham to give the Cowboys the top two scorers in the Big 12. Graham leads the conference by averaging 18.7 points while Lucas is right behind him at 18.4 points. Aaron Bruce leads Baylor with a 16.5 scoring average, which ranks him fifth in the Big 12.

The 5-foot-10 Lucas is now 16th on the career Big 12 scoring list with 1,569 points. Lucas scored 766 points during his two years at Baylor and has scored another 803 in his season and a half wearing the orange and black. Lucas passed OSU's Adrian Peterson (1,562), Kansas' Jeff Boschee (1,560) and KU's Kenny Gregory (1,555) by scoring 14 points in the loss to Texas. He could easily move up to the top 14 -- passing former Texas player Brandon Mouton (1,582 points) and ex-Missouri Tiger Kareem Rush (1,584) -- by scoring 16 points against Baylor.

Graham has a chance to break the Big 12 and Oklahoma State record for consecutive free throws made against the Bears. Graham has made 31 in a row dating back to Jan. 3 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He missed his first free-throw try and then made four in a row. He was 10-for-10 from the line against Texas Tech, made 13 consecutive against Missouri, and was 4-for-4 against Iowa State. He did not attempt a free throw against Texas. The Big 12 record of 36 consecutive free throws is held by former OU player Hollis Price. The school record of 40 free throws in a row without a miss is held by Arlen Clark, set during the 1958-59 season.

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